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First Cut Made for USS Mobile LCS

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) -- Austal held a ceremony marking the first cut of aluminum that will be used to make a Littoral Combat Ship that will bear the name of the city of Mobile.  The wife of Congressman Bradley Byrne, Rebecca Byrne pushed a button on a giant cutting machine to commemorate the start of construction for the ship.

This is will be the 13th LCS built at the Austal Shipyard.  The contract is split between two companies with two designs.  Austal builds the trimaran hull ships known as the 'Independence' Class.  Lockheed Martin builds the single hull known as the 'Freedom' Class.

As a sponsor of the ship, Byrne will be at the keel laying ceremony where she will weld her initials into the keel plate which will stay with the ship for its lifetime.  She'll also break the bottle of champagne at the christening.

Austal's Craig Perciavalle says the USS Mobile will be virtually the same as the rest that have been built at Austal incorporating changes and variations learned through the construction of the previous ships.

The Navy has contracted for 29 LCS's so far.


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